Yakiniku West

Yakiniku means “grilled meats” in Japanese.  That seems to be an appropriate title for this fantastic and reasonable Japanese BBQ place right by St. Marks in the East village (218 E. 9th St., New York, NY 10003) 

Pork Face Sizzling!

The ambiance of this venue is like you are in a Shinto shrine.  Very peaceful with blond wood floors and sunken cushioned seats.  You also have to take your shoes off here, which adds to the authenticity. 

There is a decent deal if you want to BBQ.  Each set meal is about 20 dollars and comes with miso, kimchi, rice, salad, veggies and ice cream.  The beef short rib set was tasty and tender.  It proved to be super fun to grill it, wrap it in romaine, and dunk it in some sweet and sour sauce.  I also recommend the red bean ice cream.  Then make sure to order for about $6.50 a side of sliced pork jaw, (pork action shot pictured) which when grilled up the little fatty meat bits taste like pork potato chips!  Yum.  Or maybe some beef tongue to mix it up a bit more?  I held off when it came to the tripe though.  You can also get rice balls, fresh sushi rolls, bibimbaps and all the usual Japanese and Korean fare.

Proof positive!

Mother In Law’s Kimchi

Kimchi is a traditional Korean pickle that’s usually made from cabbage or radish and fermented with fish and/or meat stocks, salt, and chilies.  It tends to be on the spicy side of the taste scope, and is one of my personal favorites.  If you are an ardent pickle fan like myself, you definitely need to pick up a jar of this Mother In Law’s Kimchi.  It is spicy, sour, with a robust flavor of saltiness and fishiness, and you don’t even need to travel to Korea Town to get it!  I discovered that this new company is selling their wares at some select stores around New York City.   

According to MILKimchi’s wordpress website: “Kimchi is a live, pro-biotic food that continually ferments and changes.”  As someone who wants to begin pickling and naturally fermenting for themselves it is nice to have an almost homemade option available.

I love the idea of eating food that is live, instead of the dead stuff you buy pre-homogenized at your local packaged food purveyor.  Raw cheese, smoked meats and naturally fermented pickles are getting a bit easier to find at long last.  Let’s hope this trend continues.

Proof positive.

Chelsea Artichoke Pizza Watch Continues…

When oh when will the new Artichoke Pizza open up in Chelsea?  The hope is that this new spot at the old Red Rock West Saloon space will finally help liberate this delicious slice from the lines of NYU students and East Village scenesters that create a 50 minute wait.  This  brand new venture was approved by the City Fathers way back in ’09 according to this article.

Unfortunately it sounds like its going to be more an Artichoke Pizza Club, with 200 seats and a bouncer!  I will definitely be avoiding the late night Meatpacking District club crowds, I just hope I can still grab a quick slice at around 1pm, rather then going to fight the lines on 14th street.

FYI the Artichoke Pizza folk opened up an all roast beef sandwich joint as well according to Grub Street